Nokia announced a new smartphone, the Lumia 1020, with a 41-megapixel camera on Thursday in its latest bid to regain market share.

The new flagship Windows Phone 8 features a 4.5-inch AMOLED screen at 1280×768; Dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon CPU;  2GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage.  it’s 10.4 mm thick and weighs 158g. It comes in black, white and yellow casing.

The Finnish mobile phone maker is betting its future in smartphones on Microsoft Corp’s Windows Phone operating system, as well as on high-tech photography features.

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The highlight is obviously the 41MP Pureview with OIS (optical image stabilization);  Zeiss optics f2.2 and the Xenon flash. Photos can be taken at 38MP in both 4:3 and 16:9 aspect ratios. The PureView sensor, packs more data in to one pixels and provides 4X zooming by cropping and using the data stored. To go along with the camera hardware is the Photo Pro app for various adjustments inclusing  flash, focus, ISO, white balance, shutter speed, and exposure settings. As well as post-processing tasks. We are still waiting for the final results to judge.

A leather wrist strap is included with the device and an optional Camera Grip accessory provides a casing for the device with extra battery, a shutter button, and even a tripod mount that costs $80.


AT&T will have exclusivity for the US market when the Lumia 1020 is available. The handset will cost $300 with 2-year contract.

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